Category: sheet music

L’intermittent

UPDATE: Gilles Péquignot of Au Gré des Vent has pointed me to their more current web site — Association Carnet de Bal. On that site, four of the group’s albums are available for streaming. They also have about twenty-five tunes available as sheet music….

Tune: The Bay Tree

Andy Cutting’s “The Bay Tree.”Click to enlarge. It occurred to me that however I described Alexandra Browne’s Diatonic Liaisons, nothing would top seeing an actual page. I asked if she would choose a page for me. She did, and sent me a JPEG, and here…

An Interview with Alexandra Browne

Going through Diatonic Liaisons it seemed to me there must be quite the story behind its compilation. So I e-mailed a few questions to Alexandra Browne which she graciously answered. If you’re interested in getting a copy of Diatonique Liaisons, e-mail Alexandra at alexandra.browne6@btinternet.com. How did…

Tribute: Diatonic Liaisons

Around thirteen years ago I was at the Button Box and saw a tune book, Diatonic Liaisons, by Alexandra Browne. An amazing piece of work, it compiled original tunes by Frédéric Paris, Dave Roberts, Bruno le Tron, Alain Pennec, Alan Lamb, Andy Cutting, Trevor…

Mazurka: Bec à Bec

In my interview with Frédéric Paris, he referred to adapting the repertoire of various instruments to the diatonic accordion. This was back in the seventies when the “tradition” of French diato was being mapped out by the likes of Paris and Jean Blanchard, et…

Bourrée: On d’onderon garda

As always, any corrections, additions, or questions are appreciated. I was listening to one of the first bourrées I’d ever learned, “On d’onderon garda,” and realized I had this tune in a number of versions. I listened to them all and found it a…

Pour les Absents

Debauchery in Dahlenheim It’s coming. As I reported in a previous post, on May 29, a group of Alsatian diatonistes and their closest friends will be gathering in Dahlenheim for their accordion, picnic basket bacchanal, the Pique-diatonique. As usual, I am unable to attend, and…

Update: Bal Folk Tune Book

Dave Mallinson After posting my review of the Bal Folk tune book, I managed to talk to both Dave Mallinson — publisher of the tunebook — and Mel Stevens — compiler of the iconic pink/blue Massif Central tune books that Mallinson’s book is based on. I…

Accordions and a Certain Kind of Woman

Apparently, accordionists were, at one time in history, very desirable to a certain kind of woman, as this sheet music cover suggests.UPDATE: I had lost track of where I found this picture. The web site is the Typologie des instruments à vent. Here’s some…

Review: Bal Folk Tune Book

As always, any questions, comments, or corrections are welcome.Update Above Bal Folk puts many of the classic MassifCentral Tunes back in print. In 1998, when I bought my Hohner Corso from the Button Box, I also picked up two books that changed my life easily…